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Ekiti 2018: PDP accuses APC of buying voters cards, says culprits arrested

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The Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation, the campaign organization of the Ekiti State Deputy Governor and Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka, has called for greater vigilance among voters in the State against agents of the All Progressives Congress that were going round the State buying Voters Cards.
The campaign organization said it was alarmed at the report of the arrest of one Ogunyemi Temitope, who led a group of people to Aiyede Ekiti on Thursday to collect more than 30 voters cards and account numbers from unsuspecting electorate, questioning why the APC was desperate to prevent people from voting on the election day.
The Director of Media and Publicity of Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation, Lere Olayinka, said in a statement on Thursday that the said Temitope was apprehended by the vigilant people of Aiyede-Ekiti, Oye Local Government Area at about 12pm while collecting voters cards and making copies of same and at the same time collecting account their numbers.
Olayinka said: “Today, eagle-eyed people of Aiyede-Ekiti apprehended one Ogunyemi Temitope and her accomplices, who were buying voters card. They were taken to the palace of the Attah of Aiyede Ekiti, Oba Oba Abdumumini Orisagbemi, from where they were moved to the Aiyede Ekiti police station.
“The lady, who claimed to be an election observer, was said to have collected voters cards and account numbers of more than 30 people, promising that N28,000 will be paid into their bank accounts. She said that buying of voters cards under the guise of election observers was being done across the State that those whose voters cards were collected in exchange for N28,000 will not be able to vote.
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“Some of the cards already collected belonged to Adebiyi Adekunle, with his UBA Account number 2077932145, Omotoso Abiodun, Ajayi Taiwo Amos, Bamidele Funmilayo, Fayose Mary, Ojo Emmanuel Kehinde, Irewole Yinka Motun, Olowokere Titilayo, Ojo Bamidele Oluwaseun and others.

“It later took the intervention of the Attah of Aiyede Ekiti and the Olumojo of Imojo Ekiti, Oba, who visited the police station for Ogunyemi Temitope and her collaborators to be released with strong warning never to come to Aiyede Ekiti and its environs again.
“It should be noted that we have earlier raised the alarm over a Form being distributed by the APC under the guise of Ekiti Development Front, purportedly for empowerment. It is one of the sinister plots by the APC to deactivate voters card, thereby preventing thousands of electorate from voting on July 14, 2018.
“The evil plot is aimed at first collecting Voters Cards numbers and later asking for submission of original Voters Cards for Biometric Exercise so as to be qualified for the fake empowerment scheme.
“Ekiti people are therefore urged not to surrender their voters cards to anyone under any guise.”
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CUPP appoints ex-APC Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi, new spokesman

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The immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has been appointed spokesman of the newly formed Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) seeking to wrestle power from the APC in 2019.

Abdulllahi, who recently resigned from his position as the spokesperson of the ruling party, was announced as the head of the Media and Publicity committee, which includes Kazeem Afegbua and Kola Ologbondiyan .

Abdullahi’s committee was among the several subcommittees inaugurated Monday in Abuja by the steering committee of CUPP.

Source: THISDAY

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Kwara APC exco: Court restrains Oshiomhole, NWC, Bolarinwa, others

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An Ilorin, Kwara State High Court on Thursday restrained members of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress or any person or officers of the party from dissolving or taking any action towards dissolving Kwara State Executive Committee of the party.

The court granted the application after hearing the submission of Abdulwahab Bamidele, counsel to Isola Balogun-Fulani (Chairman of Kwara State APC), Chief Christopher Tunji Ayeni (Secretary, Kwara State APC), who are claimants/applicants in the suit number KWS /292/218, filed before the court of Justice T. S. Umar.

Balogun-Fulani and Ayeni had dragged the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and five others before the court on the purported dissolution of the Kwara State APC executive committee by the NWC of the party.

Other defendants/respondents in the suit include Mallam Mai Mala Binu, National Secretary of APC, the party, APC NWC, INEC and Hon. Bashiru Bolarinwa (for himself and on behalf of members of the so-called or purported caretaker committee of Kwara State chapter of APC).

The reliefs granted the applicants by the court include: “This honourable court restrains the members of the NWC of the third defendant or any person or officers of the third defendant purporting to act for the third defendant from dissolving or taking any action towards dissolving Kwara state executive committee of the third defendant represented by the chairman/applicant who are duly elected to office as members of the executive committee of the third defendant in Kwara state on May 19, 2018, in accordance with the constitution of the third defendant pending the hearing and determination of the claimants/applicants motion on notice.

“That this honourable court restrains the sixth defendant and other members of the so called or purported caretaker committee of Kwara state chapter of the APC from showing off or parading themselves or performing any function or duty specified for members of the executive committee of the third defendant either individualy or collectively as members of the executive committee of members of caretaker committee of the third defendant in Kwara state pending the hearing and determination of the claimants claimants applicants /applicant motion on notice.

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Senator Abdullahi Adamu is a Mischievous Liar – Saraki

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Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has described the Senator representing Nasarawa West, Abdullahi Adamu, as a compulsive liar and an unreliable man who will do or say anything to suit his situation at any point in time.

Saraki was reacting to the claim by Adamu that the Senate President once referred to Senator Dino Melaye as ” clown” in a private chat with him.

The Senate President stated that the Senator from Nasarawa State has been peddling insults and lies about him but he has ignored him out of respect for his age.

In a statement signed on his behalf by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki stated that: “I have deliberately ignored the antics of Senator Abdullahi Adamu, especially his constant media attack on me and the Senate since the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) dusted his file on alleged case of corruption and also went ahead to arraign his son in court. So far, I had refrained from responding in kind out of respect for his age. However, it seems he has misread my maturity and respect for docility. He feels the best way to play his self-survival game and ingratiate himself to the government in order to save his skin is for him to be seen to be fighting Saraki, even if that would require him to tell brazen lies and peddle mischief in his old age.

“However, I feel his latest statement in an interview with a national newspaper deserves a reaction from me. First, I could not have referred to my colleague, Senator Dino Melaye as a clown, knowing that from available records, Senator Melaye has so far outshined and has performed better than Senator Abdullahi in terms of the number of bills sponsored, motion raised and contributions to debate on the floor. Clearly, Adamu’s seven years cannot be compared to Senator Melaye’s three years. Senator Adamu is free to challenge this assertion by showing his records.

“Again, I restate that Senator Adamu is a deceptive, manipulative and desperate liar. He only says what suits him as the occasion demands. I urge people to check his contributions on the floor before the EFCC moved against him and his son and they will see that this is a latter day, selfish supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari. We know what he was saying about the President and his administration and what should happen in 2019 before then during discussions with our colleagues, particularly the former Governors in the Senate. I specifically recall some statements he made on the President and his administration during an official trip we made together to Morocco in March last year. At the appropriate time, we will give more details.

“Senator Abdullahi’s statements should not be relied upon. He is a deceitful fellow who says what suits the situation that he finds himself. So, it is now he knows the Senate has a bad leadership after three years?

“Well, since Senator Abdullahi Adamu became the attack dog of the executive in the Senate, using language unbecoming of a man of his age against me and other colleagues who he perceived he needs to disparage to reassure his handlers in the Presidency, I have realized that he simply deserve our sympathies. I am sure those he thinks he is working for know he is a man who is only useful for the present moment”, he stated.

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